IT security

No matter how large or small your company is, you need to have measures in place to ensure the security of your systems and the information stored on them. Some things seem obvious, good protection against viruses and spam for example, others are not so obvious and are covered in brief below. The key is to assess how valuable your data is, whether you have legal obligations in regards to safeguarding that data and of course what measures you can take to protect it.

We at The IT Cloud have long been specialists in these areas and are happy to advise how best you can protect yourself and your business online.
Data Loss Prevention
DLP is a strategy for making sure that your staff do not send sensitive or critical information outside the corporate network. There are a variety of software tools available to you that can analyse outbound email, check it against rules that you specify and then perform an action dependent on the outcome. This might be to completely reject sending the email, send a copy to management or to lock attachments so they can't be modified.
PC encryption
Because of their portable nature, laptops have a higher risk of being lost or stolen when compared to desktops. It's important to take some extra steps to make certain your sensitive data is protected. By encrypting the hard drive of a laptop, you ensure that the data on it is inaccessible without the correct security key, even if the drive is removed from the machine.
Network security
A strong firewall to protect your internal network from people on the internet is absolutely essential.

There is a bewildering array of products available to do this. We only work with the best manufacturers in order to provide top-level protection and will ensure your firewall contains the latest security patches.

Email archiving
A legal requirement for lots of business, but even if it isn't, it is well worth considering. Email archiving keeps a record of every single inbound and outbound email in an easily searchable format. Even if a staff member deletes all their email before leaving the company, you will still have access to a full record of all of their messages.